Aesthetics as Philosophy of Perception by Bence NanayAesthetics as Philosophy of Perception by Bence Nanay

Aesthetics as Philosophy of Perception

byBence Nanay

Hardcover | February 13, 2016

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Aesthetics is about some special and unusual ways of experiencing the world. Not just artworks, but also nature and ordinary objects. But then if we apply the remarkably elaborate and sophisticated conceptual apparatus of philosophy of perception to questions in aesthetics, we can make realprogress. The aim of this book is to bring the discussion of aesthetics and perception together. Bence Nanay explores how many influential debates in aesthetics look very different, and may be easier to tackle, if we clarify the assumptions they make about perception and about experiences ingeneral. The focus of Aesthetics as Philosophy of Perception is the concept of attention and the ways in which this concept and especially the distinction between distributed and focused attention can help us re-evaluate various key concepts and debates in aesthetics. Sometimes our attention is distributedin an unusual way: we are attending to one perceptual object but our attention is distributed across its various properties. This way of experiencing the world is special and it plays an important role in characterizing a number of phenomena associated with aesthetics. Some of these that the booktalks about include picture perception and depiction, aesthetic experiences, formalism, the importance of uniqueness in aesthetics, and the history of vision debate. But sometimes, in some aesthetic contexts, our attention is not at all distributed, but very much focused. Nanay closes his argument with an analysis of some paradigmatic aesthetic phenomena where our attention is focused: identification and engagement with fictional characters. And the conflict andinterplay between distributed and focused attention is an important feature of many artworks.
Bence Nanay is Professor of Philosophy and BOF Research Professor at the University of Antwerp, where he is also co-director of the Centre for Philosophical Psychology and Senior Research Associate at Peterhouse, Cambridge University. He is the author of Between Perception and Action (OUP, 2013) and the editor of Perceiving the World ...
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Title:Aesthetics as Philosophy of PerceptionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.8 inPublished:February 13, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199658447

ISBN - 13:9780199658442

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Table of Contents

1. Aesthetics2. Distributed Attention3. Pictures4. Aesthetically Relevant Properties5. Semi-Formalism6. Uniqueness7. The History of Vision8. Non-distributed Attention